Valentine’s Day Surprise: 99 word flash fiction

This week’s prompt at Carrot Ranch was valentines. In 99 words (no more, no less) a story was to be written. Here is mine:

Valentine’s Day Surprise

Julie gave Valentine’s Day cards to everyone in her class. She usually picked ones that were funny or silly, generic ‘Be My Valentine.’ She never got the mushy ones. She didn’t want any boy thinking she “liked” him especially Danny, who still picked his nose and wet his pants.

Once home, she dumped the Valentines out looking through them. Most were like ones she gave to classmates, but there was an extra one that was handmade and unsigned except for, “I like you. Do you like me?” Although Julie never knew who gave it to her, she felt special.

Nancy Brady, 2019


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Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign: 99-word flash fiction

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

Julie was frequently seen walking around town, which was one perk to living where she did. It could be hazardous because drivers didn’t pay much attention to pedestrians despite the recently changed street layout.

Suddenly, there were three red octagonal markers where there had been none, demanding each car to stop before proceeding. Most drivers, however, just slid around the corner unless there was another car at the three-sided intersection.

Julie experienced many close calls in that crosswalk as cars zipped by. Fed up, she made and put up three strategically placed signs: “IT’S NOT A SUGGESTION: STOP AHEAD.”

Nancy Brady, 2019

This week’s Carrot Ranch prompt was the word, sign, which was to be used in any manner to write a 99-word (no more, no less) flash fiction. Here was my take on the prompt with the title coming from the song, Signs, by the Five Man Electrical Band, a Canadian rock group. The song was released in 1971, by the way.  (Now, I have this song stuck in my head as an ear worm, too.)

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Erie Kai: A 99-word Flash

Erie Kai

From the Canadian side comes the wind. The sustained wind buffets the Ohio shore of Lake Erie, and we can hear the roar of the waves from a block away. The longer the wind blows, the louder the “Wildcat’s” roar. The lake is aptly named for the native American word for wildcat.

This winter the snow came as well as the northern wind, blowing wave after wave of water over the quarried slate blocks, which protect the beach. With dropping temperatures, the water begins to freeze, though, coating the blocks, forming a lacy, layered ice sculpture of sea mist.

Nancy Brady, 2019

This week’s prompt over at Carrot Ranch was sea mist. In 99 words (no more, no less), this is my entry. Technically, the Great Lakes are an arm of the sea, that is, the Atlantic Ocean so sea mist is possible. For more 99-word flash fictions, see all the entries at



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Story of Shards: 99-word flash

Story of Shards

A favorite author of mine, Jennifer Estep, writes fantasy fiction for teens and adults. I actually stumbled upon her writing when I won a copy of her YA novel, Dark Frost from her Mythos Academy series.

Once I devoured that whole series, I branched into her other series like the Black Blade trilogy, the Bigtime series, the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series, and the spinoff series, Mythos Academy: Colorado, which begins with Spartan Heart.

Her humorous, lighthearted style makes for fun reading.

My current read is Kill the Queen, the first in her newest series, A Crown of Shards.

Nancy Brady, 2019

Although technically not a flash fiction, it is exactly 99 words (no more, no less) and works in the prompt of the word shards. This pedometer geek reader just couldn’t pass up the opportunity that presented itself. For those who have never read any of Jennifer Estep’s novels, check them out, too. See more 99-word gems at



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Anal or not, we need to address this preception.

Again, I didn’t write this, but as a fellow pharmacist, I concur…that people on the other side of the counter need to know why pharmacists do what we do. Thanks drugopinions for opening up the public’s eyes.


I recently decided to release a blog post that is quite different from my usual writing style. I stated that pharmacists are anal retentive – it was written in 20 minutes, poking fun of myself and others that I have observed in my twenty years of experience in pharmacy practice.

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Lead Came: A 99-word flash fiction

Lead Came

It was Valentine’s Day, and Julie was working. She received a bouquet of flowers from her husband. Her customers would remark, “He really loves you” or some other platitude. It certainly felt like a platitude because she recently discovered that he had an affair with a mutual friend. One he denied up until now.

With two young children, what was she to do? His betrayal had cut her to the quick, and she felt she couldn’t go on. Her heart had been ripped to pieces. Would she ever feel whole again?

yellow roses…

shards of

the stained glass heart

Nancy Brady, 2019

This week’s 99 word (no more, no less) prompt at Carrot Ranch was the use of the word shards. See more over at Carrot Ranch.

In this week’s attempt, a combination of prose and a haiku was used. By way of explanation, the title of lead came refers to the material used to hold pieces of glass together in a stained glass piece.


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A Word From Our Sponsor: 99-word

A Word From Our Sponsor

As a pharmacist, I dealt with all sorts of people with digestive issues. Through the years I counseled people on various problems like indigestion, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, and other maladies of the gastrointestinal tract. Depending on the problem, remedies were suggested.

Products like Tums and Prilosec for heartburn; products like Ex-Lax and Miralax for constipation, and products like Imodium for diarrhea, Emetrol for nausea and vomiting, and the ubiquitous Pepto-Bismol used for everything.

The newest category is probiotics, which helps restore good bacteria to the gut, specifically the large intestine or colon. Thus, probiotics could be classified as colon-aids.

Nancy Brady, 2019

This week’s prompt over at Carrot Ranch was to be about colonnades. Ninety-nine words (no more, no less) only, and to follow where the prompt leads. I have to say that I took it in a different direction than what might be expected. Blame my muse who is in a fickle mood.

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